Getting a Michelin star is a lifetime accomplishment for most restaurants, but it can also cause performance anxiety for the prestige and pressure associated with it. 

For this reason, French three-Michelin star chef Sébastien Bras has demanded to be excluded from the next Michelin food guide in what certainly is a world first. 

The 46-year-old owner of Le Suquet restaurant in Laguiole appeared on a Facebook Live to explain his decision. 

He wrote in the caption:

“Ten years after taking over the reins of the establishment founded by my father, Michel Bars, in 1992, and honoured by a third star since 1999, I’ve decided, in agreement with all my family, to open a new chapter in my professional life without the award of the Michelin Guide, but with the same passion for my cuisine. I intend to continue with my faithful team to make people live at Suquet the magical experience of Aubrac [a green plateau where the restaurant is located], always with this quest for excellence.”

He kicks off his livestream citing a French author, Camille Belguise, to explain his feelings: 

“In silence and solitude, one can hear nothing but the essential.”

Bras later explained to AFP the kind of pressure he was under:

“You’re inspected two or three times a year, you never know when. Every meal that goes out could be inspected. That means that, every day, one of the 500 meals that leaves the kitchen could be judged.”

“Maybe I will be less famous but I accept that,” he said, free of creating plates “without wondering whether my creations will appeal to Michelin’s inspectors.”

A member of Michelin, Claire Dorland Clauzel, said in response: “We note and we respect it.”



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